Bears Den Trail Center and Hiker Hostel in Bluemont,
The Bears Den Trail Center is in Bluemont, VA which is 982
miles from Springer, GA and 1185 miles from Katahdin, ME. It
is set to model a European castle. The sixty-six acre
retreat boasts two stone turrets, three circuit trails, a
campground, and a secluded cottage in the woods. The lodge
is 150 yards from the Appalachian Trial. There you stand in
the middle of the Roller Coaster section, a 13.5-mile up and
down rocky path that offers challenging hiking, scenic
overlooks, and bubbling mountain stream crossings. Don't
forget to catch the beautiful sunset over Shenandoah Valley
at Bears Den Rocks.
Bears Den has something to offer for long-distance
backpackers, section hikers and day hikers! Bears Den is no mere hiker shack; it
is the premier hostel on the Appalachian Trail.
The co-ed hiker hostel is accessible at any time of the day to long-distance
backpackers. The hiker door is around the back of the lodge and using your
guidebooks and maps, enter the code and open the door.
Inside, you'll find 10 bunk beds, a lounge area, sodas for
sale, a community computer, TV, a landline and a bathroom with shower and basic
hygiene products. If you are staying the night, grab a bunk and make yourself at
home. Linens and towels are provided. If you are passing through and just want
to buy a soda ($.50) and a shower ($3), leave your money in the refridgerator
door and happy trails!
The upstairs will open at 5pm, when you can access laundry facilities and
detergent ($3/load), a full kitchen and our store that sells short-term
resupply, pizzas and Ben & Jerry's ice creams. We even have a piano and guitar
for the musically inclined!
Guests that hike in pay only $17 for a bunk and shower, while drivers pay $23.
We offer a hiker special, which includes: bunk, shower, laundry, 1 soda, pizza
and a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream for $30!
Bears Den History
Bears Den was built by Dr. Huron Lawson, a professor emeritus in obstetrics and
gynecology at The George Washington University, and his wife, Francesca Kaspari,
a soprano singer, as their summer home. The couple traveled to Europe and
designed the home to replicate a faux Medieval castle. Dr. Lawson used the local
stonemasons and built the home in three stages, with the last to be the turret
in the back. The curved living room was designed for its acoustical properties
and for Francesca's recital room. There are also two small stone structures near
the day-use parking lot. One was used as a ticket booth because Dr. Lawson
created a petting zoo and charged five cents as admission and for visitors to
picnic and access the overlook. The other stone structure was, and still is, the
Today - The ATC is the owner, but has had different entities manage the property
over the years. In 2007, the PATC took over management and works cooperatively
with the ATC to operate Bears Den Trail Center as a nonprofit organization.
Bears Den offers an array of services, including a hostel with full services,
accommodations for group or private party rentals/retreats, a primitive
campground and a rustic cottage for rent. The 2,184.2-mile AT is just 150 yards
from the lodge.
Trail Center and Hiker Hostel
18393 Blueridge Mountain Road
Bluemont, VA 20135